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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): China’s three-time individual World (2011, 2013 and 2015) and double The World Games (2013 & 2017) champion Jia Fangfang likely to throw a strong challenge to Russia’s reigning women tumbling world champion Anna Korobeinikova at the 32nd FIG Trampoline World Championships, which starts in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Thursday.
The 34-year-old Korobeinikova has won the world titles since 2005, but this time the Russia may face a stiff challenge from Jia.
“I’m in a good condition and feel well accustomed to the equipment and environment. I admire Anna’s accomplishments and I would like to learn from her experience and follow her,” said the Chinese, who will be aiming for nothing less than gold in both the individual and team competition.
The 23-year-old first defeated her idol at the world stage in 2011 and continued her winning streak ever since.
However, Korobeinikova fought her way back, winning world bronze at the 2015 World Championship and then claimed silver at this summer’s The World Games.
“I like Jia’s style. She has a very successful career in front of her. I know that as we get older, injuries come and it gets more difficult. It’s very important to stay fit and wish her all the best,” said Korobeinikova, who has been competing for nearly 20 years.
 
 
 
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: Japan’s double Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, whose six consecutive World All-around titles constitute an unprecedented feat in the sport, is the Longines’ newest Ambassador for Elegance.
Nicknamed ‘King Kohei’, the super star of modern artistic gymnastics, however, failed to retain the world all-around title after he bowed out at this year’s World Championships in Montreal, Canada, last month due to injury.
His performances on the floor has given the reigning Olympic champion a place of pride among his contemporaries.
Longines has always held him high for his top-notch performances at the three consecutive Worlds in 2011, 2013 and 2014 respectively and, no wonder its special jury selected him to receive its prestigious Prize for Elegance.
The 28-year-old’s absence at the last month’s FIG World Championships did take the sheen off the competition, but the Asians wrapped up all the medals, with Uchimura’s compatriot Kenzo Shirai winning the bronze while China’s Xiao Ruoteng and Lin Chaopan won the gold and silver respectively.
 
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: India will hope Olympian Dipa Karmakar return to action following an operation in April, and help win medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia after their indifferent show at the 47th FIG Artistic World Championships in Montreal, Canada, last week.
Karmakar is nearing the end of a long rehab now after her surgery in April.
Pranati Nayak, ranked 68th in Montreal out of 96 in women’s individual qualification, scored a mere 42.866 points while Aruna Reddy Budda finished 69th with 42.865 points.
The two-member men’s team too finished way down in individual all-round qualification. Yogeshwar Singh scored 73.365 to finish 41st in a field of 59 while Siddarth Verma (69.497) came 53rd.
Karmakar has not competed since the Rio Games last year, preferring to go under the knife for a knee injury — a Grade 2 tear that became a Grade 3 tear during the Olympics.
The 24-year-old has started training, but gave the Montreal Worlds a skip as it didn’t fit into her schedule.
“I’ve started training, but don’t want to rush,” she told Hindustan Times. “The competition is six months away. I’ve enough time to polish my skills.”
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Karmakar became the first Indian to win a bronze in vault and was also the first Indian to qualify for the final in Rio.
But in April this year, she injured the right knee and was advised surgery. Dipa said her target was a podium finish in the Commonwealth Games in April.
“We’ve to help her regain her fitness. Once I feel she’s back to her normal training, I’ll phase the Produnova back into her routine,” said her coach Biseswar Nandi.
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): The Singapore Gymnastics (SG) will conduct a selection trial on November 18 to identify talents, who can represent Singapore at major international competitions including South East Asian, Asian and Olympic Games in future.
The gymnasts will undergo a trial conducted by the national coaches and to have an understanding of each child’s aptitude and current abilities in the sport.
The selection trial is suitable for boys and girls from seven years old and above and 7-9-year-old (MAG). 
Singapore had failed to win any medal in artistic, but claimed a bronze in the rhythmic mixed apparatus (two ropes and three balls) event at the 29th SEA Games in August.
It was the first time in five editions — gymnastics was not in 2009 and 2013 editions — that Singapore didn’t win a gold, but SG President Choy Kah Kin remained positive.
“There’s a little disappointment, but they’ve really done their best,” he said.
Besides, SG is also organising a Level 1 coaching course for the beginners from December 1-10.
 
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: China’s triple World and double Olympic champion Dong Dong and compatriot Zhu Xueying warmed up for the next month’s Trampoline World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, by winning the men’s and women’s individual competitions respectively at the last World Cup event of the series in Valladolid, Spain, last weekend.
It was an outstanding performance by Dong, who defeated reigning Olympic champion Uladzislau Hancharou of Belarus and 2014 world champion Tu Xiao of China.
Dong, who finished second at the Rio Games last year, also overcame 2014 Youth Olympic champion Dylan Schmidt of New Zealand and three-time Olympian Dmitrii Ushakov of Russia.
The Chinese enjoyed a higher horizontal displacement value and took advantage of Schmidt’s four penalty to push him behind. Had the New Zealander not committed the error in difficulty, execution and time-of-flight scores, he would have edged Dong by .005 points.
Meanwhile, Zhu, who was competing in her first World Cup after two years, claimed her maiden title.
The 19-year-old returned to Valladolid to top execution and horizontal displacement scores which helped her to surpass Russia’s world-ranking leader Yana Pavlova and three-time Olympian Tatsiana Piatrenia of Belarus in the final, where the reigning Olympic champion Rosannagh MacLennan of Canada failed to qualify.
However, the Asian women had a setback in the synchronised event, where Zhu Xueying and Zhu Shouli were beaten by France’s Piatrenia and Maryia Makharynskaya for bronze.
But Japan’s men team of Daiki Kishi and Ryosuke Sakai finished behind winners Nathan Bailey and Luke Strong of the Great Britain in synchronised competition.
In the women’s tumbling, the Chinese multi-World Championships medallist Chen Li came third.
 
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Supported by the International Olympic Committee, the Cambodian Gymnastics Federation (CGF) recently conducted a talent-spotting trial for 30 participants in artistic gymnastics from three provinces — Kratie, Kampong Chhnang and Takeo.
“Four gymnasts from this group will go through a second trial out of which one will be selected for regional and international competition,” said CGF Secretary General Nay Phonna. “Artistic is a difficult and risky discipline and next year we’ll hold aerobic trials.”
According to the strategic plan announced by the President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and CGF Chairman Thong Khon, similar trials would be held on a regular basis to spot the best and send them to train in China so that they could be better prepared for the 2023 South East Asian Games in Phnom Penh.
Cambodian gymnast Sam Rim, who participated at this year’s SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, was trained by Chinese coach Wang Yibing in Shantou.
Last year, a three-member Cambodian team of Sor Sopheng, Choeun Chanbory and Sor Sokim took part in the FIG Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships in Incheon, South Korea, signalling the CGF’s efforts to raise competitive standards.
 

Montreal (Canada): The 47th FIG Artistic World Championships came to an end following the last day’s apparatus finals here at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
The FIG President Morinari Watanabe thanked the organisers for a successful event while putting down the curtains on the seven-day competition.
He along with the Organizing Committee President Richard Crepin handed over the FIG flag to the Qatari delegates led by Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) second vice-president Dr Thani Al Kuwari.
A short promotion of Doha, which will host the next year’s edition, was played on the giant screen.
“I thank the gymnasts from the bottom of my heart for making this even a successful one. We hope to see you all in Doha next year,” said Watanabe.
The Qatar Gymnastics Federation President Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi and Doha 2018 Tournament COO Abeer Al Buainain were also present during the brief hand-over ceremony.
But before the Worlds, Doha will host the FIG World Cup series. The annual event, which will be the 11th edition, will help the QOC and QGF prepare itself for the mega event in October at the iconic Aspire Dome.

 

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